A former Vietnamese bank official who left her country and ended up teaching Vietnamese language in Ukraine has had her Vietnamese-Ukrainian bilingual textbook published.

Ha Thi Van Anh moved to Kiev in 1993 with her husband, who had started working in the country. Six years later Anh earned her degree majoring in Russian from the Kiev University of Foreign Languages, Viet Nam News reported.

In 2007, Anh started teaching Vietnamese. She noticed that the only textbooks and materials available for students were those issued by the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev. She realized that the content used in teaching must be adapted to the students’ needs and be user-friendly for local people who would teach the language in the future.

She said she was able to Vietnamese because of her background, but local teachers in Ukraine would face great challenges, as the official materials were written years ago.

In her new 200-page textbook, lesson plans are specified that are updated to the latest trends.

The co-author of the new textbook, Victoria Musiychuk, who holds a PhD in Vietnamese, said she had used different textbooks throughout a decade of teaching, and that the materials gradually grew outdated. In addition, subjects that students generally are interested in were included in the new textbook, unlike the old ones.

The textbook authored by Anh and Musiychuk is already being used by first- and second-year students in Ukraine.